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November 23, 2011



Have a joyous Thanksgiving! Drink up your family and all those memories while they are created.


Hi Karla, after ages of not having time to blog hop I am back!!! the blog is a beautiful as ever and you have inspired me to bleach and dye my own bottle brush trees, I have some on the way from ebay and dye at the ready, can't wait to play. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving x

Mitzi Curi

That doll does look like "Little Edie"! You did a fantastic job reviving her! And I love your cuff bracelets.

Have a happy Thanksgiving with your wonderful family, Karla.

Gypsy Rose

Your trees are going to be GORGEOUS! Luv all you do. I would love a chance at winning your tutorial. TFS


Interested, interested! That's the understatement of the season, I love all your things and would love to add one of your Gorgeous cuff bracelet kits to my collection.

As for roasting your own pumpkins, well I've done that! First off you don't want to get a big one you want the medium size ones that are for roasting (sorry I don't know the names but if you are buying from a farmers market they will know what you are talking about) second cut them in half and sprikle them with the same spices you are going to use in the pie. Next put them face down in a glass or ceramic pan with about 1/4 inch water coming up the sides. Now pop them in a oven for about 40 minutes and walk away. When the timer goes off check to see if they are soft to the touch. If so they are done. Let them cool a bit and then scoop out the yummyness and run it in a blender until it is nice and smooth (you may have to add water). Follow the pie receipe replacing the can with the scrumptious roasted one.

Let me know if you have any questions. I do this and make cupcakes and they are out of this world scrumptious!

Have a great thanksgiving
Oh, when are you going to share pictures of your white tree??? I wanna see


Kimberly A. Budash

Please include me in the drawing as I love everything that you do. Have a blessed Happy Thanksgiving, there is alot to be thankful for this year. Take care!

Patty in Kansas

Oh, Karla...this was one of your most hilarious blogs..loved the part about the "yellow" white tree..too funny! Please enter me in the tutorial giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Patty in Kansas

Karla Nathan

Caroline, that is great pumpkin help, thanks! The farmer I got the pumpkin from said it was the best kind for pie. Its a white one, but he says they cook up better than the orange ones. Im excited to try

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Karla Nathan

Doesnt she? Yep, now Little Edy is going to be called Angel Edy.

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Sharon, Morrison Mercantile

Please enter me in your giveaway!!
Yes, she does remind me of Edy. Made me think I need to
get in the trunk and pull out some of my old storybook dolls my Father use to buy me when he traveled. Wow...that was a century ago!!! hahahaha

Terri Gordon

Hi Karla, Your dolls are beautiful! I want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! I would love to win one of your tutorials. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Terri


OOH! I would love to win a cuff tutorial! I absolutely love your tree top angel! I can't wait to see the whole tree decorated!


Totally a Grey Gardens doll topper! Very fun. I made pumpkin pies from pie pumpkins twice (that's what they're called here) and I have to say it was wonderful. One thing, though, is they don't have that brownish color you're used to. They actually turn out more yellow, like squash. The second time I made them, I added food coloring to make them look more like the traditional. I know that if you're going organic, you are NOT going to do that. I'm just sayin'. :)

Leanne Shawler

Hi Karla, you've made me want to go to Goodwill or somewhere and find an unhappy dolly and make her pretty again .... and I don't make decorations! I'd love a cuff tutorial.

Happy thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving Karla! I love all your Christmas stuff and would be thrilled to add the cuff tutorial to my "Karla arsenal"!

nancy thompson

Hi Karla,
I am new to your blog and just made an etsy purchase from you. I "found" you on Karin's blog....and just love all of your creativity...I am a vintage fan BIG TIME...and I am very glad to be your fan too! The bracelet looks like such pretty fun! Happy Turkey Day !


Karla, you just astound me with how much you can get done. One of the reasons I love to read your blog is because of the way you have of writing in your authentic voice. I love that line about pretending it is a real job!! I hope your Thanksgiving is lovely!

Thespoena McLaughlin

What a lovely tree angel. You did a great job repainting her face. I so wish I was better at painting like that. Faces elude me. Happy Holidays!


I would LOVE to win one of your cuff tutorials, thank you so much....and hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Pick me, pick me!!! I'd love to try and create one of those lovely cuffs.

That is one of he best makeovers I've seen in a while. Do you do people? I could use one myself. ;-)


Rhonda C.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving! Would love to win the tutorial. Angel Edy turned into quite the pretty gal. Now I want to see Grey Gardens again! What a fantastic movie!


Duh...of course throw my name in the hat!!
I love your sweet angel. You are amazing!


Oh My, Of course I am interested in winning this tutorial, I have been admiring your cuff bracelets..

Happy Thanksgiving to you and you rfamily

Years ago, I used to roast my pumpkins too, was very easy, cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds, which by the way can be washed and dried and roasted also...they are yummy, place pumpkin on foil lined cookie sheet, oven was at 350, but for the life of me I can't remember for how long, but I bet you can tell when the meat is soft and tender...Good Luck!

Linda McMillin

oh, nice, waiting to see the decorated tree. anticipation! please include me in the drawing for the cuff tutorial. Have a great Thanksgiving! pumpkin pie will be fine-not hard at all to do.

Kate garfield

I love the tree toppers! Sometimes they are the best part of the trees.
To me a homemade pumpkin pie is a can of pumpkin puree and ready made pie crusts! Let us know how they turn out, please!!! This year our guests are bringing the pie. Hooray!
I so love the cuff bracelets and kits.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! God has been good to us all!

Saucy Chick Sherry

Your well-loved doll turned angel tree topper is magic! You have the magic touch my dear. I hope you are able to take at least tiny moments to breathe and enjoy this wondrous season. Happy Thanksgiving Blessings...


I would love to be entered to win a cuff tutorial!! Your cuffs are beautiful!

Jenny Sellars

Love that last cuff with the barkcloth fabric! Yum! Add me in please!


I'm amazed at what you do with things most people would throw away. This angel is gorgeous, and those little wood ornaments you "refurbished" the other day were darling. I had just given two to Goodwill, and had to go buy some at an estate sale so I can try it! Your cuffs are bautiful, too, and I would love to win a cuff tutorial!

Karla Nathan

Thank you, Terri, I do love to redo junk. Have a great thanksgiving!

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Karla Nathan

Well, making the pie from scratch might have been a bit much. Its midnight and I just got the freaking pies in the oven.

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Judi Storm

As always your creativity blows me away! Have a Blessed day with your family and friends. Judi in Wahoo

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed

Your cuffs are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Karla...girl you are one busy busy lady, you always amaze me...yes it has been along time since I have visited you...with all that distraction of FB, I had forgot how much I love seeing your hand at work, have missed you, love your new Christmas wares...beautiful as always.


Jodie (everything vintage)

Happy Thanksgiving Sweet Friend!
I hope your "organic-ness" turns out as planned as I think Burger King & McDonald's are closed today!!!
(I could never take that chance!)
*wink (giggle)
Miss you lots,

Folk Heart

Am I interested in winning a cuff? You bet! But more importantly, I enjoy your blog so much, and your sense of humor sets you apart. Love my time visiting here.

Debbie Blanken

I LOVE reading your blog - I am interested in winning one of your cuff Tutorials.

My Blessed Serendipity Life

Your little angel tree topper looks great after her makeover. I can't wait to see her perched atop your tree. I would love to enter your giveaway for the cuff tutorial.



I would be over-the-moon delighted with your cuff tutorial !!!!! thanks for the giveaway...hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic.


I think this shows how with some love there is an angel to be found in all of us no matter how battered and broken we become.

Elaine L.

Wow! She does look like Little Edy. I loved Gray Gardens.

I bought some of your trees during your sale, last year and can't wait to use them, this year in my decorating.


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